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Old 02-09-2010, 09:58 PM
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Re: Maximum Distance for .223 or a .22-250

Thanks for the input guys. Very impressive with the amount of knowledge you guys possess! I haven't bought the rifle yet but do alot of ground hog hunting here in north central Ohio. Most of my shots would be under 400 yards but would love to work at targets longer out as I imporved my craft. Currently I use a M&P-15 and hit most of them under 200. I like the varmit calibers because we can't use rifle for deer in ohio. I have read alot about the 22-250 and many of the farmers around here seem to perfer that round, but with your last point now I am not so sure what I should go with the .223 or the .22-250.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:42 AM
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Re: Maximum Distance for .223 or a .22-250

Let me make this suggestion. Buy a used Savage and rebarrel it. You can buy a Shilen Target Varmint Contour prechambered and threaded for Savage actions on Midwayusa.com. They have them in a 1:8 twist that would be ideal for what you want to achieve. The 60grn bullet will work well out to 500yrds. Beyond that you are going to really have to learn how well it does in the wind. There are guys here that shoot 40 to 55grn bullets to 600yrds, but it takes some knowledge of your rifle to know what its capabilities are how it does in the wind.

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Re: Maximum Distance for .223 or a .22-250

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Thanks for all of your great advice. I think I found the set up I am looking for. My local gun shop has a 12 VLP in 22-250 with a 1:9 twist. I think this will give me the gun I need to grow with as my skills improve. I thought it was a good price at $750. What do you think? Also I do not hand load but would like to get into it. Will this rifle still shout the lighter 55gr. bullets accurately and if not what factory ammo out there would you reccomend for a heavier bullet?
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:43 PM
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Re: Maximum Distance for .223 or a .22-250

Here's an article that is a good reference for long range shooting with a 223.

Shooting A 223 Rifle To A Mile Accurately

Although it sounds like you're married to getting a centefire 22, let me provide an alternative....look at the 243. With the 243 you get heavier, better BC bullets. They will buck the wind waaaaay better than the 223 and they will shoot waaaaaaay farther than the 22s

The next jump from the 243 is to look at the 260Rem. Another great short action with great BC bullets.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:06 PM
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Re: Maximum Distance for .223 or a .22-250

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Liltank

Thanks for all of your great advice. I think I found the set up I am looking for. My local gun shop has a 12 VLP in 22-250 with a 1:9 twist. I think this will give me the gun I need to grow with as my skills improve. I thought it was a good price at $750. What do you think? Also I do not hand load but would like to get into it. Will this rifle still shout the lighter 55gr. bullets accurately and if not what factory ammo out there would you reccomend for a heavier bullet?

That will be a great rifle. That will allow you to shoot the 70 to 75 grain bullets. Price is good too. It will shoot the 55's. As far as factory loads are concerned, Black Hills, and Federal are good loads. I just looked at Midwayusa.com and they don't have anything to heavy. The V-Max would be a good one in a factory. To shoot the heavy stuff you are going to have to reload. Do you know anybody that has a reloader? If so, you can work something out with that person buying the stuff you need and let him or her pump them out. Find a light bullet load to learn on and collect your brass. When you get the equipment to load then you already have the brass fire formed to your chamber and load the heavies.

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Re: Maximum Distance for .223 or a .22-250

Just looked on the Hornady site. They have 55 V-max. That will be a crazy round to use and learn on.

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Re: Maximum Distance for .223 or a .22-250

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.......Most of my shots would be under 400 yards but would love to work at targets longer out as I imporved my craft......now I am not so sure what I should go with the .223 or the .22-250.
Big point for 223. Longer barrel life, less heat. Why waste the barrel if shooting well within 223 capability?
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